Friday, May 30, 2014

Amazingly Stone Art Display in Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum

Wo de pengyou ni hao? "How are you my friend?" Here was another strolling story of mine in Hualien County, Taiwan.

Hualien County, Taiwan was known for it's stone industrial. And as I know it was the home of the dancing stone because everywhere in this county you can see huge sculptured stones especially in park areas. And in this county you can see many factories of stones or marbles that's why it was known for it's stone industrial.

Check this out...

Back View of Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum : Night scene
In front view of Hualien County stone Sculpture Museum : Day Scene

Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum was the only museum that was dedicated for stone art carving. All sculpture that was being displayed here was the best and work collections from International Stone Sculpture Festival.

There are several areas in this museum which you can visit including:

  • Collection area
  • First planned exhibition area
  • Modern stone sculpturing area
  • Traditional stone sculpturing area
  • Video/audio area
Beside from displaying the stone archaeological treasures, there are also gallery for the national and international stone carving artisan.

Hualien County Stone Sculptural Museum. (inside display)





Hualien County Stone Sculptural Museum. (outside display)



It was really a great pieces of art. I was amazed by this stone sculpture.

Picture below was another two stone sculpture gazebo. It was great because you can try the stone bench chair.


And the best of all was this stallion art. Who ever made this, it was amazingly superb for him. It was one of bloody effort i think. I wonder if how many days,months or even a year for making this. Just a big WOW for this....


Just beside of the main building you can see this Hualien map and you can find also other beautiful spots here in Hualien County.


There are two main building here, the left wing is the City Library and right wing is the Hualien County Stone Sculptural Museum. The combination of the two building was giving the power of books and arts, right guys?

Who ever wants to visit this place, here are some information.

Address: #8 Wenfu St., Hualien City, Hualien County, TW (R.O.C)
Tel. Service : +886 38 227 121

Info. Credit : Hualien Tourists Servive Network
Photo Credit : Hualien Tourists Service Network(w/o watermarked pictures)


Thursday, May 22, 2014

The National Symbols Of South Korea

In getting to know with other countries, firstly I simply look and read for their national symbols because this is how we differentiate nation to other nation,right?

Every symbols has it's own meaning and from it's own meaning, we start to know more about the country. I do remember when I'm in my Junior High. We usually memorized all the Asian countries in one of our subject. We memorized them not only the names but with also their capital and currencies names.

For this time I want you to know the National Symbols of South Korean.



Photo Credit: KTO Official Site

The Korean Flag is called "Taekgeukgi" in Korean language.

> It's designed symbolizes the principle of Yin and Yang in oriental philosophy.

> The circle in the center of the Korean flag is divided into two
1. The upper red section represent the proactive cosmic of the yang.
2. Conversely, the blue section represent the responsive cosmic of the yin.

>The two forces together embody the concepts of continual movement, balance and harmony that characterize the sphere of infinity.
>The circle was surrounded by four trigrams, one in each corner. Each trigrams represent the four universal elements: heaven (), earth (), fire  (), and water (.



Photo Credit : KTO Official Site


The National Flower of South Korea is called "Mugunhwa", the rose of sharon. Every year from July to October, a profusion of mugunhwa blossoms graces the entire country. Mugunhwa is remarkably tenacious and able to withstand both blight and insects unlike many other flowers. The flowers symbolic significance stems from the Korean word "mugung" which means "immortality". This word accurately reflects the enduring nature of the Korean culture, and the determination and perseverance of the Korean people.

In Philippines they call this as "Gumamela". And in Taiwan the word "hwa" means flower. This flower has many variety of colors. There are also single and double petals and there are small and big petals.



Photo Credit : KTO Official Site


he National Anthem of Korea is "Aegukga", which means "Love of the Country".

In 1896, the Dongnip Sinmun (Independence News) published various versions of lyrics for this song. It is not known exactly what music they were sung to in the early days. Records show that a Western-style military band was formed during the time of the Dae-han Empire (1897-1910) and that the "Dae-han Empire Aegukga" was composed in 1902 and played at important national functions.

The original words of Aegukga appeared in written form around 1907 to inculcate allegiance to the nation and foster the spirit of independence as the country faced threats of foreign annexation. Over the years, the lyrics went through several versions until they were adopted as the national anthem in the present form in 1948.

Before the birth of the Republic in 1948, the words were often sung to the tune of the Scottish folk song, Auld Lang Syne. Maestro Ahn Eak-tay (1905-1965), then living in Spain, felt that it was inappropriate to sing this patriotic song to the tune of another country's folk song. So, he composed new music to go with the lyrics in 1935, and the Korean Provisional Government in exile adopted it as the national anthem. While Koreans outside the country sang the anthem to the new tune, those at home continued to use Auld Lang Syne until Korea was liberated in 1945.

In 1948 the government of the Republic of Korea officially adopted the new version as the national anthem and began to use it at all schools and official functions.

To know more about South Korea visit this website.

Credit Info : Korea Tourism Organization